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Adrian Mooy & Co

Welcome to our home page. We are a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants and tax advisors in Derby. We help businesses like yours grow and be more profitable.  For a friendly service covering audit, tax, accounts, self assessment, VAT & payroll please contact us.

 

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We offer a traditional personal service and welcome new clients.

From start-up to exit and everything in-between - whether you’re  struggling with company formation, bookkeeping, or annual accounts and taxation, you can count on us at every step of  your business’s journey.

We also offer cloud-based accounting solutions. With the power of cloud accounting in your hands, you can access accurate real-time data on the go, accept instant payments and even automate repetitive tasks like invoicing. Fast, easy, touch-of-a-button accounting is the future.

If you are looking for a Derby accountant then please contact us.

 

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Tax Planning for individuals

Tax Planning for Individuals

Successful individual tax planning requires careful attention across a wide range of areas and time frames.

Tax Planning for small business

Tax Planning for Small Business

Effective tax-saving strategies for small businesses operating in a tough economic climate.

Contractors and Freelancers

Contractors & Freelancers

Invoicing your contracting work through a limited company is highly tax efficient.

  • Here are some tips for saving your company corporation tax and extracting money from your company tax efficiently. Why pay more than you need to? Company owners - Saving tax

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Services

We offer a range of high quality services

Web-based accounting

Xero is a web-based accounting system designed with the needs of small business owners in mind.

 

It can automatically connect to your bank and download your bank statements. From there it’s simple to tell Xero what transactions relate to and once told it remembers and looks out for similar transactions. This saves time and makes keeping your accounts up to date easier.

 

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Our process for delivering tax accounting vat self assessment and payroll services

 

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Our Process

Understand your needs

Firstly we listen and gain an understanding of your business and what you are aiming to achieve.

Continuous improvement

We seek your opinions on the service we provide and respond to feedback in order to upgrade and improve what we do.

Build a relationship

Success in business is based around relationships and trust. Our objective is to develop and build strong relationships with our clients, based on two way trust and respect.

Confirm your expectations

Our aim is  to help you maximise your business potential and we tailor our service to meet your requirements and agree a timetable for delivering them.

Actively communicate

Communication is important to the success of any commercial venture. It is therefore a vital part of our work with you, sharing the knowledge and ideas that help you to realise your ambitions.

Our Process

Understand your needs

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Actively communicate

Build a relationship

Continuous improvement

Straightforward and easy to deal with Adrian Mooy & Co provide an efficient, friendly and professional service - payroll, tax returns, annual accounts and VAT returns are always done on time.    Eddie Morris

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Helpsheets

Business expenses

Being savvy with your expenses is a large part of running a successful business, regardless of its size. Claiming expenses is a simple way to keep your business tax efficient – it reduces your profit, which in turn reduces your tax payments. By claiming every allowable expense you’re making sure you don’t pay a penny more in tax than you have to.

 

For more information about exactly what expenses you can claim, see our helpsheets.

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  • Taxation of Savings – what can you have tax-free?

    There is no one answer to the amount of savings income and, for 2017/18, the answer can range from £0 to £18,650, depending on personal circumstance.

    When looking at tax-free savings, there are a number of elements to take into account:

    • the personal allowance;
    • the marriage allowance;
    • the savings allowance; and
    • the starting rate for savings.

    Savings income, such as bank and building society interest, is now paid gross without tax deducted.

    Personal allowance - If a person has no other income (or only dividend income in addition to savings income), or their other income is less than £11,500, some or all of the personal allowance (set at £11,500 for 2017/18) will be available to shelter savings income.

    Marriage allowance - Where the marriage allowance is claimed, this increases the potential tax-free income by £1,150 in 2017/18.

    Savings allowance - In addition to the personal allowance, individuals who pay tax at the basic or higher rate are also entitled to a savings allowance. The amount of the allowance depends on the individual’s marginal rate of tax and is set at £1,000 a year for basic rate taxpayers and at £500 a year for higher rate taxpayers. There is no savings allowance for additional rate taxpayers.

    Savings starting rate - Savers with little in the way of other taxable income can also benefit from a 0% savings starting rate on savings of up to £5,000, in addition to savings sheltered by the personal and savings allowance. However, the savings starting rate is quite complicated in that the starting rate limit is reduced by taxable non-savings income. So, if a person has taxable non-savings income of £2,000, the savings starting rate of 0% is available on savings income of £3,000, as the £5,000 limit is reduced by the taxable non-savings income of £2,000 to £3,000. Likewise, if a person has taxable non-savings income of more than £5,000, the savings starting rate limit is reduced to nil.

    Case study 1: maximum tax-free savings - Elsie is retired and her only income is savings income, which in 2017/18 is £20,000. Her husband has income of £8,000 and Elsie benefits from the marriage allowance of £1,150. The first £11,500 of her savings income is covered by her personal allowance of £11,500 and the next £1,150 by the marriage allowance, leaving £7,350, of which £1,000 is covered by the personal savings allowance for basic rate taxpayers. This leaves savings income of £6,350. As she has no taxable non-savings income, she is entitled to the savings starting rate of 0% on savings equal to the saving starting rate limit of £5,000. Consequently, she is able to enjoy £18,650 (£11,500 + £1,150 + £1,000 + £5,000) of her savings tax-free and is taxed at the basic rate of 20% on her remaining savings of £1,350 – giving her a tax bill of £270.

    Case study 2: reduced starting rate limit - In 2017/18, Arthur has a pension of £14,000 and savings income of £6,000. His personal allowance is set against his pension, leaving him with taxable non-savings income of £2,500. He is entitled to the saving personal allowance of £1,000, which is set against £1,000 of his savings income. As he has taxable non-savings income of less than £5,000, the savings starting rate is reduced by his taxable non-savings income of £2,500 to £2,500. £2,500 of his savings income is eligible for the 0% savings starting rate. He, therefore, receives savings income of £3,500 tax-free. The remaining £2,500 of his savings income is taxed at 20%, as is the excess of his pension over his personal allowance of £2,500. His tax bill for £2017/18 is, therefore, £1,000 (£5,000 @ 20%).

    Case study 3: higher rate taxpayer - Wendy has a salary of £50,000 and savings income of £5,000 in 2017/18. Her personal allowance is set against her salary. She is entitled to the personal savings allowance of £500 available to higher rate taxpayers, but she is not eligible for the savings starting rate as her taxable non-savings income (£38,500, being £50,000 - £11,500) is more than £5,000. She receives tax-free savings income of £500.

    As the case studies show, the amount of savings income a person may receive can vary considerably depending on what other income they have and the rate at which they pay tax.

  • Making the most of the trivial benefits exemption

    A new tax exemption was introduced with effect from 6 April 2016 which enables employees to enjoy ‘trivial’ benefits tax-free. As is usually the case, availability of the exemption depends on certain conditions being met.

    The conditions - for the exemption to apply, all of the following conditions must be satisfied.

    • The cost of providing the benefit is not more than £50.
    • The benefit is not cash or a cash voucher.
    • The employee is not entitled to a benefit as part of any contractual obligation (including a salary sacrifice arrangement).
    • The benefit is not provided in recognition of particular services performed by the employee as part of their job.

    Where the benefit is provided to a group of employees and it is impracticable to work out the exact cost per person, the £50 ceiling is taken as met if the average cost is not more than £50.

    Close companies – annual cap

    A limit is placed on the value of tax-free trivial benefits that can be enjoyed each year by the director or other office holder of a close company. Where the employer is a close company, an annual cap – known as the annual exempt amount – applies. This is set at £300 for each tax year. The cap applies to benefits provided to a director or office holder. Where a benefit is provided to a member of their family or household, this is treated as being provided to the director or office holder and counts towards their annual exempt amount.

    It should be noted that the other conditions set out above apply equally to close companies; and thus, only benefits costing not more than £50 per head which are not cash or cash vouchers can be exempt, as long as they fall within the annual exempt amount.

    Where a company is not close, there is no limit on the total value of trivial benefits that can be provided each year, as long as each individual benefit costs no more than £50 and the other qualifying conditions are met.

    Using the exemption

    The exemption can be used to provide employees with regular or one-off treats. For example, birthday and Christmas gifts (up to the £50 limit) can be provided tax-free.

    Example 1

    Julie’s employer (which is not a close company) believes in treating staff well to keep them on side. Staff are provided with a fruit basket each Friday. The basket costs £25. Staff receive 50 fruit baskets each year. The total cost is £1,250. As the terms of the exemption are met, the benefit is tax-free.

    As the company is not close, the annual cap of £300 does not apply.

    Example 2

    Jenny is the director of her personal company, which is close. She is aware of the trivial benefit exemption and uses it to buy herself an item of clothing costing just under £50 every other month. Each item is within the £50 limit and the total annual amount is within the £300 annual exempt amount applying to close company directors. She can enjoy the benefits tax-free, while her company enjoys a corporation tax deduction for their cost.

    Use the exemption

    While the exemption only covers low-cost items, it can be used to provide employees with regular treats. The costs of providing the benefits is tax-deductible for the employer.

  • Working out your dividend tax bill

    Dividends are a special case when it comes to tax and have their own rates and rules. The taxation of dividends was radically reformed from 6 April 2016 and the rules outlined below apply to a dividend paid on or after that date.

     

    Dividend income

    The first step to working out tax on dividend income is to determine the amount of that income. From 6 April 2016, this is simply the dividends actually received in the tax year. There is no longer any need to gross up as dividends no longer come with an associated tax credit.

     

    Dividend allowance

    The first £5,000 of dividend income is tax-free. All individuals, regardless of whether they are a non-taxpayer, a basic rate taxpayer, a higher rate taxpayer, or an additional rate taxpayer, are entitled to a dividend allowance of £5,000.

    Although referred to as an allowance, the dividend allowance works as a nil rate band in that dividends falling within the allowance are taxed at a notional zero rate (so received tax-free). However, it counts as earnings and will use up part of the basic or higher rate band, as applicable.

    The Government plans to reduce this allowance to £2,000 from 6 April 2018.

     

    Rate of tax

    Once the dividend allowance has been used up, the rate at which dividends are taxed depends on the tax band in which they fall. If the individual has some or all of his or her personal allowance available, this can be set against dividend income before any tax is payable. Where the taxpayer has other sources of income, dividends are treated as the top slice. It is important to remember this to ensure that dividends are taxed at the correct rate.

    Dividends are taxed at the dividend rates of tax, rather than the standard income tax rates. For 2017/18, dividend tax rates are as follows:

    • dividend ordinary rate: 7.5%
    • dividend higher rate: 32.5%
    • dividend additional rate: 38.1%

    The dividend ordinary rate applies to dividend income falling within the basic rate band, which for 2017/18 is the first £33,500 of taxable income. This applies to Scottish taxpayers too, rather than the Scottish basic rate band.

    The dividend higher rate applies where taxable dividend income sits in the band between £45,001 and £150,000 and the dividend higher rate applies where dividend income falls in the additional rate band (taxable income above £150,000).

     

    Case study

    In 2017/18, Fiona receives dividend income of £55,000. She also receives a salary of £8,000 from her family company. The tax payable on her dividends is worked out as follows:

    • The first £5,000 is covered by the dividend allowance on which no tax is payable.
    • The personal allowance for 2017/18 is £11,500 of which £8,000 has been used against her salary, leaving £3,500 available. This shelters the next £3,500 of dividend income, which is received tax-free.
    • The basic rate band is £33,500, of which £5,000 has been used up by the dividend allowance, leaving £28,500 available. The next £28,500 of dividend income is taxed at the dividend ordinary rate of 7.5% -- a tax bill of £2,137.50.
    • The remaining dividend of £18,000 is taxed at the dividend higher rate of 32.5% -- a tax bill of £5,850.

    Thus, Fiona must pay tax of £7,987.50 on her dividend of £55,000 ((£5,000 @ 0%) + (£3,500 @ 0%) + (£28,500 @ 7.5%) + (£18,000 @ 32.5%)).

     

  • Tax code changes for 2018/19

    Tax codes are the lynchpin of the PAYE system – unless the tax code is correct, the PAYE system will not deduct the right amount of tax from an employee’s pay.

    The tax code determines how much pay an employee may receive before they pay any tax. The most straightforward scenario is that the person receives the personal allowance for that year. The code is then the personal allowance for the year with the last digit omitted and an `L’ suffix. So, for 2017/18, the personal allowance is £11,500 and the associated tax code is 1150L. This is also the emergency tax code.

    Other codes - Employees’ situations vary and consequently different codes are needed to accommodate that. If an employee has more than one job, his or her allowances may be used up in job 1, leaving all the pay for job 2 to taxed. The 0T code – no allowances – accommodates this. A person may also have an 0T code if their personal allowance has been fully abated (at £123,000 for 2017/18 and £123,700 for 2018/19). An employee may have all his or her pay taxed at the basic rate, for which the relevant code is BR, or at the higher rate (code D0), or the additional rate (code D1). Code NT indicates that no tax is to be deducted.

    Scottish taxpayers have an S prefix, indicating the Scottish rates of tax should be used.

    Marriage allowance - Where one partner in a marriage or civil partnership is unable to use their personal allowance, they can transfer 10% of their personal allowance to their spouse or civil partner, as long as the recipient is not a higher or additional rate taxpayer. The person surrendering 10% of their allowance has a code with a `N’ suffix, whereas the recipient has an `M’ suffix’.

    Adjustments - Tax underpayments or the tax due on benefits in kind may be collected through the PAYE system. The tax code is based on the net amount of the allowances less deductions. So, for example, if in 2017/18 a person had a personal allowance of £11,850 and a company car with a cash equivalent of £5,000, the net allowance due is £6,500 and the associated tax code would be 650L.

    Where deductions exceed allowances, a person has a K prefix code – in this scenario, they do not have any free pay and are treated as if they have received additional taxable pay.

    2018/19 updating - Tax codes need to be updated each year to reflect changes in allowances. The personal allowance is increased to £11,850. Where the employer does not receive a form P9(T) or an electronic notice of coding for an employee, the following changes should be made to update an employee’s tax code for the 2018/19 tax year:

    • add 35 to any code ending in L, so 11500L becomes 1185L;
    • add 39 to any code ending in M; and
    • add 31 to any code ending in N.

    Any week one or month one markings should not be carried forward.

    Codes BR, SBR, D0, SD0, D1, SD1 and NT can be carried forward to 2018/19.

    The emergency code for 2018/19 is 1185L.

    If a new code has been notified on form P9(T) or electronically, that should be used instead.

    The updated codes should be used from 6 April 2018 onwards.

  • Tax-free childcare

    Parents with children under the age of 12 can now take advantage of the Government’s tax-free childcare scheme and open an account online and receive a tax-free Government top-up. The scheme was originally launched last April for under twos and access has gradually been widened. It was extended to children under 9 in January and to children under 12 from 14 February 2018.

    How does it work?

    Parents can open an account online into which they can deposit money. They can then use it to pay their childcare costs for a child under 12 or a disabled child under 17. For every £8 deposited in the account, the Government adds a tax-free top up of £2. The maximum tax-free top-up that can be received each tax year is £2,000 per child (or £4,000 where the child is disabled).

    Who qualifies?

    To be eligible to open an account, the parent and his or her partner (if they have one) must be over 21 and expect to earn on average £120 per week. The earnings condition does not apply in the first year of self-employment. This is equivalent to 16 hours at the National Living Wage. The scheme is open to the self-employed, as well as to employees. However, if either the parent or their partner earns more than £100,000, they are not eligible for the help.

    Parents may still qualify for tax-free childcare if they are not working because they are on maternity, paternity, or adoption leave, or if they are not able to work because they are disabled or have caring responsibilities and receive carers’ allowance, employment and support allowance, incapacity benefit or severe disablement benefit.

    Eligible childcare

    The top-up is only available to fund childcare for an eligible child. This is a child who is under 12, or under 17 if disabled, who usually lives with the applicant.

    The money in the account can be used to pay for a range of regulated childcare, such as nurseries, childminders, after-school clubs, and holiday clubs. However, it cannot be used to pay for unregulated childcare, such as that provided by a relative.

    But a word of caution – the money in the account can only be used to pay a childcare provider if the provider is signed up to the Tax-Free Childcare scheme. This is something to check with your provider.

    Example

    Rebecca and her husband Joe both work and both earn more than £120 per week. Neither earns more than £100,000. They have two children aged 2 and 4, who attend a nursery. The nursery is regulated and signed up to tax-free childcare.

    Rebecca opens a tax-free childcare account online. She makes regular deposits into the account totalling £16,000 a year. She qualifies for the maximum top up of £2,000 per child – a total tax-free top-up of £4,000. She is able to use the account to pay her nursery fees.

    Interaction with other forms of help

    A person cannot benefit from tax-free childcare at the same time as receiving childcare vouchers or support with childcare costs from their employer. Where a person is in an employer scheme, they can choose whether to remain in that scheme or leave the scheme and sign up for a tax-free childcare account instead.

    Tax-free childcare is available if the parent receives tax credits for childcare or universal credit for childcare. However, it can be used in conjunction with the 15 hours free childcare and 30 hours free childcare schemes.

    Where a person is eligible for more than one form of help with childcare costs, they should crunch the numbers to see which option is best for them.

  • Extracting profits as dividends

    Dividends provide an opportunity to extract profits in a tax-efficient manner. As a rule of thumb, it is generally tax-effective to take a salary equal to the primary and secondary threshold for National Insurance purposes or the personal allowance (set at £11,850 for 2018/19), depending on whether the employment allowance is available (or the recipient is under 21). Thereafter, it is tax efficient, where possible, to extract any further profits as dividends.

    However, it is not as straightforward as deciding to pay a dividend rather than a salary and certain boxes must be ticked.

    In order to pay a dividend:

    • the company must have sufficient retained profits to cover the dividend;
    • pay the dividend in proportion to shareholdings; and
    • ensure that it is properly declared.

    Dividend rather than salary

    Once the optimal salary has been paid, the tax hit on dividends is less than on salary. This is predominantly due to the fact that dividends do not attract National Insurance contributions, whereas a salary will attract employee’s and employer’s National Insurance contributions. Dividends are also taxed at a lower rate of tax than salary payments, and benefit from a tax-free dividend allowance. On the downside, dividends are paid from post-tax profits which have suffered a corporation tax deduction (at 19% for the financial year 2017 and 2018). Even allowing for that, the tax taken from paying dividends is lower.

    Dividend allowance

    All taxpayers, regardless of the rate at which they pay tax, are entitled to a dividend allowance. The allowance is £2,000 for 2018/19; reduced from £5,000 for 2016/17 and 2017/18.

    The allowance is not an allowance as such, but rather a nil rate band which uses up part of the band in which it falls. Dividends, taxed as the top slice of income, are taxed at a zero rate to the extent that they are covered by the allowance.

    Dividend tax rates

    The dividend tax rates are lower than the usual income tax rates. Dividends are taxed at 7.5% to the extent that they fall within the basic rate band, 32.5% to the extent that they fall within the higher rate band and 38.1% to the extent that they fall within the additional rate band.

  • SDLT and transfers of ownership on marriage and divorce

    There are various situations in which land or property may be transferred between couples. This may happen near the start of a relationship when they set up home together or marry or enter into a civil partnership. It may also happen at the end of a relationship if the couple separate or divorce. The extent to which any SDLT is payable will depend on the circumstances and also whether any consideration changes hands.

    SDLT is payable by reference to the consideration received. This may be in cash but can also include discharging a debt (so, for example, if a spouse takes on a share of the mortgage, this will count as consideration).

    Example 1: Consideration below the SDLT threshold

    Harry owns a house, which is valued at £200,000. Harry transfers a 50% share in the property to Sophie. She gives him cash of £100,000 in return.

    The total consideration is £100,000. This is less than the SDLT threshold of £125,000. Consequently, no SDLT is payable on the transfer.

    Example 2: SDLT payable but no cash changes hand

    Following their marriage, Karen moves into her husband Ian’s house. The house is worth £600,000 and Ian has an outstanding mortgage of £400,000. Karen takes on a 50% share of the mortgage. She is not a first-time buyer and she does not own any other property.

    Although no cash changes hands, the consideration for the transfer of ownership is equal to the share of the mortgage assumed by Karen. This is equal to £200,000 (50% of £400,000). As this is above the SDLT threshold of £125,000), SDLT is payable.

    The SDLT payable is £1,500 ((£125,000 @ 0%) + (£75,000 @ 2%)).

    Example 3: Gift

    Edward moves into Elsie’s house following their marriage and she gives a 50% share of the property to her new husband. The house is worth £400,000 and Elsie owns it outright.

    No cash changes hands and as it is a gift there is no consideration. Consequently, no SDLT is payable, even though the value of the transferred share is more than the SDLT threshold.

    Example 3: Separation, divorce or dissolution

    Chris and Alison separate and he moves out of the family home. Alison buys him out, paying him £250,000.

    Where a transfer of ownership takes place on separation (where the circumstances are such that the separation is likely to prove permanent), or on divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership, no SDLT is payable. Consequently, Alison does not have to pay SDLT on her acquisition of Chris’ share of their marital home, even though the consideration is more than the SDLT threshold.

    Consider the circumstances and the consideration

    Whether the transfer of ownership triggers an SDLT bill will depend on the circumstances and the amount of consideration, if any.

  • No Minimum Period of Occupation Needed for Main Residence

    Main residence relief (private residence relief) protects homeowners from any gains arising on their only or main home. However, there are conditions to be met for the relief to be available. One of the major ones is that the property is at some time during the period of ownership occupied as the owner’s only or main home. Where this is the case, the period of occupation as a main home is sheltered from capital gains tax, as is the final 18 months of ownership, regardless of whether the property is occupied as a main home for that final period.

    Living in a property for a period of time is worthwhile to secure main residence relief, not least because doing so has the added benefit of sheltering any gain that arises in the last 18 months of ownership.

    But, how long does the property have to be occupied as a main residence to trigger the protective effects of the relief?

    Quality not quantity

    A recent decision by the First-tier tax tribunal confirmed that there is no minimum period of residence that is needed to secure main residence relief – what matters is that there has been a period of residence as the only or main home.

    The case in question concerned a taxpayer who ran a property development company and who purchased a property in which he intended to live in as a main home. The property was initially purchased through the company, but the taxpayer intended to obtain a mortgage to buy it from the company. He lived in the property for a period of two and a half months whilst trying to sort out his finances. As a result of the financial crash, he was only able to secure a buy-to-let mortgage, the terms of which precluded him living in the property. The property was let to a friend, but the taxpayer moved in briefly following the friend’s death and undertook some decorating with a view to moving back in with his family. Due to health problems, this did not happen and the property was sold, realising a gain.

    The Tribunal found that the taxpayer had lived in the property as a main home, albeit for a short period. It was the quality of occupation, not the quantity, that was important. Consequently, main residence relief was available.

    Second homes

    Where a person owns a second home, living in it as a main residence, even if only for a short period, can be beneficial. This will protect not only the gain relating to the period of occupation from capital gains tax but also the last 18 months.

    Partner note: TCGA 1992, s. 222; Stephen Bailey v HMRC TC06085.

  • Profit extraction: method 1 - taking a salary

    Profit extraction: method 1 - taking a salary

    There are various ways of taking money out of a company and each method has its own tax and National Insurance consequences, both for the company and the recipient. In this article, we will look at extracting money in the form of a salary.

    Benefits

    Taking a small salary can be beneficial from a tax and National Insurance perspective - for both company and the recipient.

    To the extent that the salary does not exceed the primary and secondary National Insurance threshold (set at £157 per week, £680 per month, and £8,164 per year for 2017/18), neither the company nor the recipient has to pay any National Insurance.

    From the recipient’s perspective, to the extent that the salary is covered by their personal allowance (£11,500 for 2017/18), it is tax-free. Thereafter, it is taxed at the basic, higher or additional rates, as appropriate depending on the amount of the salary.

    From the company’s perspective, both the salary and any employer’s National Insurance payable if the salary level is above the secondary threshold, are deductible in computing the profits for corporation tax purpose, generating a corporation tax saving of 19% (financial year 2017 rate).

    Another benefit of paying a salary is that, unlike a dividend, it is not payable out of retained profits, and thus a salary can still be paid if the company is making a loss.

    Optimal salary

    The optimal salary level will depend on circumstance. As a rule of thumb, where the personal allowance is not otherwise utilised, it is beneficial to pay a salary equal to the primary and secondary threshold for National Insurance purposes. For 2017/18, this equates to a salary of £680 per month. The salary will be free of tax and National Insurance in the hands of the recipient, the company will have no National Insurance to pay and the salary will be deductible for corporation tax purposes.

    Paying a salary that is between the lower earnings limit for National Insurance purposes (£113 per week, £490 per month and £5,876 a year) and the primary threshold allows the recipient to earn a qualifying year for state pension and benefit purposes without actually having to pay any National Insurance. This is hugely beneficial if the recipient has no other means of earning a qualifying year and does not have the 35 years needed for the full single-tier state pension.

    If the company is eligible for the employment allowance (set at £3,000 for 2017/18), and the recipient’s personal allowance is available in full, it can be beneficial paying a salary equal to the personal allowance, provided that there is sufficient employment allowance available to shelter an employer’s National Insurance liability that would otherwise arise. At a salary equal to the personal allowance, the employee would pay employee Class 1 contributions on the salary in excess of the primary threshold (£3,336 for 2017/18 (being £11,500 - £8,164)) – a National Insurance liability of £400.32 (£3,336 @ 12%). However, the additional salary (as for all salary payments) is deductible in computing the company’s profits for corporation tax purposes, so will generate a corporation tax saving of £633.84 (£3,336 @ 19%). The corporation tax saving outweighs the employee National Insurance cost by £233.52 – making it worthwhile to pay a salary equal to the personal allowance rather than the primary and secondary threshold. The same result is obtained if the employee/director is under 21 (or an apprentice under 25), regardless of whether the employment allowance is available, as no employer National Insurance is payable until the earnings exceed £866 per week (£3,750 per month, £45,000 per year).

    Once the personal allowance has been used up, other profit extraction methods are generally more tax efficient, as the tax on the salary combined with the National Insurance cost (even if the employment allowance is available) will outweigh the corporation tax saving.

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  • Reporting benefits in kind for 2017/18

    Taxable expenses and benefits provided to employees during the 2017/18 tax year need to be reported to HMRC on form P11D unless:

    • the benefit has been payrolled;
    • it has been included in a PAYE Settlement Agreement; or
    • it is covered by an exemption.

    The form must be filed by 6 July 2018, along with a form P11D(b), which is also the Class 1A return. A P11D(b) is needed even if all taxable benefits have been payrolled and, as a result, there are no P11Ds to submit.

    What to report?

    The amount that is reported is the cash equivalent value. This will be either the amount calculated in accordance with the rules for that particular type of benefit (such as those for company cars and fuel, employment-related loans and suchlike), or where no special rule exists, by reference to the general rule of cost to employer, less any amount made good by the employee.

    Salary sacrifice arrangement – special valuation rules

    From 6 April 2017 onwards, new valuation rules apply to most benefits if they are made available under an optional remuneration arrangement, such as a salary sacrifice arrangement, or where a cash alternative is offered instead. Where the rules bite, the value to be reported is the salary foregone or cash alternative offered, if this is higher than the cash equivalent calculated under normal rules. Any amount made good is deducted as usual. The P11D has been amended to allow for these new rules; the boxes now refer to `cost/market value or amount foregone’.

    The rules do not apply where the benefit is one of the following:

    • payments into pension schemes;
    • employer-provided pension advice;
    • childcare vouchers, workplace nurseries, and directly contracted employer-provided childcare;
    • bicycles and cycling safety equipment, including cycle to work schemes; and
    • low emission cars (Co2 emissions of less than 75g/km).

    Instead, normal rules apply.

    For 2017/18, the rules can also be ignored where the arrangement was in place at 5 April 2017 and has not been renewed or modified prior to 6 April 2018. Transitional rules delay the start date until 6 April 2021 for arrangements in relation to a car (other than an ultra-low emissions car), living accommodation or school fees, and 6 April 2018 in all other cases where the arrangement was in place at 5 April 2017, or the date that the arrangement is renewed or varied, if this is earlier.

    Submitting the forms

    There are various submission options available and while most employers find it easy to file online, this is not compulsory. HMRC offer a number of online options – their online end of year expenses and benefits service (see www.gov.uk/government/publications/paye-end-of-year-expenses-and-benefits-online-form) and PAYE Online for employers (see www.gov.uk/paye-online). You can also use your commercial payroll software. Paper forms may also be submitted.

  • Help to Save

    The Help to Save scheme is a Government initiative which is designed to encourage those on low incomes to save. A carrot is provided in the form of a tax-free bonus, which could add up to £1,200 over four years.

    Who can benefit?

    The Help to Save scheme is only open to those meeting the eligibility criteria. Savers will qualify if they are a UK resident and entitled to Working Tax Credit and receiving Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit Payments, or claiming Universal Credit and have household or individual income of at least £542.88 for their last monthly assessment period. The scheme is also open to Crown servants and their spouse or civil partner, and members of the British Armed Forces and their spouse or civil partner if they meet these criteria, but live abroad.

    Nature of the scheme

    Under the Help to Save scheme savers are able to save up to £50 each month. At the end of two years, the saver will receive a government bonus based on the highest balance achieved of 50% of the amount saved. Savers who carry on saving will receive a further bonus after another two years, of 50% of their additional savings in that period. The maximum bonus is £1,200 payable to someone who saves £50 per month for four years.

    Savings can be made in an online account available through Gov.uk.

    Example

    Tim is eligible for a Help to Save scheme, which he opens on 1 November 2018. He saves £50 into the scheme. On 31 October 2020, he has £1,200 in his account. He receives a tax-free bonus of £600 (being 50% of this amount). Tim continues to save £50 per month for a further two years, saving an additional £1,200 in this period. On 31 October 2022 he receives a further bonus of £600 (being 50% of his savings in the two-year period from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2022). At the end of the four-year period, the balance on his account is £3,600 (plus any interest earned on the account).

    This comprises £2,400 saved by Tim (£50 per month for 48 months) and tax-free bonuses of £1,200 (£600 in 2020 and £600 in 2022).

    Start date

    A trial for the scheme started in January 2018 and the intention is that it will be available generally to eligible savers from October 2018.

  • Jointly-owned property – how is income taxed?

    Where property is owned jointly by two or more people, the way in which any income is taxed will depend on the relationship between the owners.

    Scenario 1: Joint owners are not married or in a civil partnership

    If the property is owned jointly and the joint owners are not married or in a civil partnership, any income arising from the property is usually taxed in accordance with their actual shares.

    Example 1

    Rose, Lily, and Poppy are sisters. They own a house in equal shares, which they let out. The rental profit for the tax year in question is £12,000. Each sister is taxed on her third of the income, i.e. £4,000.

    However, the joint-owners do not have to share the income in proportion to their share in the property – they may agree a different split. Where this is the case, each joint owner is taxed on the income they actually receive.

    Example 2

    The facts are as in example 1, except that the sisters agree to share the income in the ratio 1:2:3.

    For the tax year in question, Rose receives income of £2,000, Lily receives income of £4,000 and Poppy receives income of £6,000. Each is taxed on the amount they actually receive.

    Trap - The share for tax purposes must be the agreed share – they cannot be taxed on a different split simply because this yields the lowest tax bill if this does not reflect the actual split. So, for example, if Poppy has no other income and Rose and Lily are both higher rate taxpayers, it is not possible for Poppy to be treated for tax purposes as is she receives all the profit, but for the profit actually to be shared in the agreed split or in accordance with their actual shares.

    Scenario 2: Spouses and civil partners

    Tighter rules apply where the property is owned jointly by spouses or civil partners. Where this is the case, the income is treated as arising to them in equal shares, regardless of their actual entitlement and beneficial ownership.

    However, if they own the property in unequal shares, they can elect (on form 17) for their share of the income for tax purposes to match their actual shares in the property. Whether such an election is beneficial will depend on the rate at which each spouse/civil partner pays tax.

    Example 3

    Polly and Percy are a married couple. They have a rental property in which Polly has a 20% stake and Percy has an 80% stake. The rental income for the tax year in question is £10,000. Polly is a higher rate taxpayer and Percy is a basic rate taxpayer.

    In the absence of an election, each spouse is taxed on income of £5,000.

    If they were to make an election on form 17, Polly would be taxed on income of £2,000 and Percy on income of £8,000. The election would have the effect of moving income of £3,000 from the higher rate to the basic rate, saving the couple £600 (£3,000 @ 20%). The election is, therefore, beneficial.

    However, if Polly had been a basic rate taxpayer and Percy a higher rate taxpayer, the election would not be worthwhile, as the transfer would be from basic to higher rate, costing the couple £600.

    Tip - It is possible to change the underlying ownership to get the best tax result as for capital gains tax purposes a property can be transferred between spouses on a no gain/no loss basis. This can be changed prior to sale as a different split is preferable for capital gains tax purposes.

  • Correcting VAT errors

    Making a mistake in your VAT return is easily done. Maybe you missed something out accidentally or added up some figures wrongly. However, should this happen and you discover that you have made a mistake in a return which you have already filed, don’t panic – it is easy to put things right. Providing the errors meet certain conditions, you do not need to tell HMRC about them – you can simply correct them by adjusting your next VAT return.

    Adjustment conditions

    You can adjust your current VAT return to correct errors on past returns as long as the errors:

    • are below the reporting threshold;
    • are not deliberate; and
    • relate to an accounting period that ended less than four years ago.

    Reporting threshold

    The reporting threshold, which applies to net errors, is £10,000. Net errors that are not more than £10,000 (and which satisfy the other adjustment conditions) can be corrected by adjusting the next VAT return. Errors of more than £10,000 (up to a maximum of £50,000) can also be adjusted via the next VAT return if the error is not more than 1% of the box 6 figure (total value of sales and all other outputs excluding any VAT).

    Errors that exceed the reporting threshold must be reported to HMRC. They cannot be corrected by adjusting the next return.

    Making the adjustment

    Making the adjustment is simple – you just need to:

    • add the net value to box 1 for tax due to HMRC; or
    • add the net value to box 4 for tax due to you.

    You must also keep details of the nature of the error and the date that it occurred. Your own VAT must also be corrected.

    Example

    Richard is a landscape gardener. He is VAT registered and submits returns quarterly. In December 2017, he discovers when preparing his year-end accounts that he has recorded a purchase invoice for £2,400 plus VAT twice, once in January 2017 and once in February 2017. As a result, he has over-claimed VAT of £480 in the quarter to 28 February 2017. At the time that the error is discovered, his next VAT is the quarter to 28 February 2018. As the error was not deliberate, within the last four years and within the reporting threshold, he can correct it in that return. Before adjusting for the error, the box 1 figure for the period (VAT due for the period on sales and other outputs) was £5,360. He needs to increase the box 1 figure by £480 to pay back the amount reclaimed in the earlier return in error. His adjusted box 1 figure is therefore £5,840 (£5,360 + £480).

    Reportable errors

    Not all errors can be corrected by adjusting the VAT return. Errors which are above the reporting threshold, made more than four years ago or which are deliberate need to be notified to HMRC. This can be done by notifying HMRC’s VAT error correction team (see www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/vat-correct-errors-on-your-vat-return for contact details), either on form VAT652 (see www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notification-of-errors-in-vat-returns-vat-652) or by letter.

    Where the error arose as a result of careless or dishonest behaviour, interest or penalties may be charged.

  • Paying dividends – are they properly declared

    For many personal and family companies, the most tax-efficient way to extract profits is to pay a small salary and to take anything in excess of this as a dividend. However, in order to benefit from the more favourable tax rates and lack of National Insurance attached to dividends, the dividend must be properly declared.

    What does this mean?

     

    Sufficient retained profits

    The first point to note is that dividends are paid from retained profits. These are profits after tax which have not already been distributed. Dividends come out of retained profits and the retained profits must be sufficient to cover the full amount of the dividend.

    If a dividend is paid when the company lacks sufficient retained profits to pay that dividend, it is an unlawful distribution and must be repaid.

     

    Paid in proportion to shareholdings

    Dividends must be paid in relation to shareholdings. So, if there are one hundred shares and a dividend of £5 per share is paid, a shareholder with 20 shares must receive £100 (20 x £5), a shareholder with 40 shares must receive £200 (40 x £5), and so on. It is not possible to tailor the payment to the shareholders so they receive a different amount per share. If it is desirable to pay dividends at different rates to different shareholders, an alphabet share structure should be employed.

     

    Interim dividends

    The directors can declare an interim dividend. They must, however, consider the financial health of the company and ensure that the company has sufficient retained profits from which to pay the dividend. The decision to pay a dividend should be minuted.

     

    Final dividend

    A final dividend is recommended by the directors but must be approved by the shareholders in general meeting or by written resolution. They are normally paid at the end of the year. The resolution should be signed by the shareholders.

     

    Dividend vouchers

    A dividend voucher should be given to shareholders each time a dividend is paid. This is effectively a receipt. The dividend voucher should show the name and registered address of the company, the name and address of the shareholder, the description of the shares, such as ordinary shares, the number of shares owned at the time the dividend was declared, the amount of the dividend paid, and the date. The voucher should be signed.

     

    Getting it wrong

    The cost of getting it wrong can be high. Unless a dividend is properly declared, it is not a dividend and HMRC may seek to tax it as a salary payment instead – with the associated National Insurance and higher rates of tax. At best, it would be regarded as a loan to the director/shareholder, which would have to be repaid and may trigger a section 455 charge and a benefit in kind charge on the loan.

  • Tax-free rental income of £8,500

    By making the most of the rent-a-room relief and the £1,000 property income allowances, it is possible to receive tax-free rental income in 2018/19 of £8,500 (while utilising your personal allowance elsewhere).

    Rent-a-room

    Rent-a-room relief is available where you let a room to a lodger or lodgers in your own home. The home does not have to be owned – the relief is also available where you rent a property.

    Under the scheme, rental income is tax-free up to £7,500. Where two or more people are entitled to the rental income, the rent-a-room limit is halved, so each person can receive up to £3,750 tax-free.

    Where the rental income from letting rooms to lodgers in your house exceeds £7,500 you have a choice. You can either deduct £7,500 from the total rental income and pay tax on the balance or you can work out the actual profit in the usual way. If you make a loss, it is better not to claim rent-a-room relief as you will lose the benefit of the loss.

    Property allowance

    From 6 April 2017, a new property allowance is available for all types of rental income. Where the rental income is less than £1,000, it does not need to be declared to HMRC. Where it is more than £1,000, as with rent-a-room you have the choice of paying tax on the extra above £1,000 or working out the rental profit in the same way.

    No double relief

    It is not possible to claim both rent-a-room relief and the property allowance if you let a room to a lodger in your own home, so you must choose. As the rent-a-room threshold is higher, this is the one to pick.

    Other sources of rental income

    But, if you have another source of rental income as well, for example, a property you let out or if you rent out your drive, you can claim the property allowance in addition to rent-a-room relief.

    Case study

    Paula works as an administrative assistant and earns £20,000 in 2017/18. To make some extra money, she lets out a spare room in her house to a lodger and receives rental income of £8,000 in 2017/18. As she lives near a popular sporting venue, she also lets out her drive when there are major sporting events on. In 2017/18, she receives income of £1,250 from that source.

    She claims rent-a-room relief in relation to the income from her lodger, receiving £7,500 tax-free and paying tax on the remaining £500. She also claims the property allowance to set against the rental income from letting out her driveway, receiving £1,000 tax-free and paying tax on the balance of £250. Her personal allowance is set against her salary.

    By using both allowances, she is able to enjoy a tax-free rental income of £8,500 tax-free.

     

  • Cash basis for landlords

    Since 6 April 2017, the cash basis has been the default basis for qualifying landlords running an unincorporated property business.

    Cash basis v accruals basis - The cash basis is easier for a non-accountant to understand, as it simply takes account of money in and money out. Income is recognised when it is received, and expenditure is taken into account when it is paid.

    By contrast, Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) requires accounts to be prepared under the accruals basis. This matches income and expenditure to the accounting period to which it relates, recognising income when invoiced and expenditure when billed, and necessitating the need to take account of debtors, creditors, prepayments, and accruals.

    Qualifying for the cash basis - The cash basis is only eligible to landlords operating an unincorporated property business who are able to answer `no’ to all the following questions:

    • Is property business carried on by a company, a limited liability partnership, a corporate firm, the trustees of a trust or an individual’s personal representatives?
    • Are the receipts for the year (worked out using the cash basis) more than £150,000?
    • Is the property jointly-owned with a spouse or civil partner who is entitled to a share of the profits and who calculated their rental profits using the cash basis?
    • Has a Business Renovation Allowance been given when calculating the profits and a balancing event in the year given rise to a balancing adjustment?
    • Has the landlord elected to use the accruals basis?

    If the landlord is able to answer `yes’ to any of the above, the accounts must continue to be prepared under the accruals basis.

    Default basis –- election needed - Unlike traders, landlords do not need to elect to use the cash basis. If the answer to all five of the above questions is `no’, the cash basis applies by default. By contrast, an unincorporated landlord who is within the cash basis must elect if they wish to prepare accounts under the accruals basis.

    Multiple businesses - The cash basis tests are applied separately to each unincorporated property business. There is no requirement that the same basis must be used for all businesses.

    Moving to the cash basis - When entering the cash basis, opening debtors are not counted as income when the money is received, and opening creditors are not treated as expenditure when paid. Likewise, if the landlord moves back to the accruals basis, some adjustments are needed to prevent double counting as a result of the timing differences between the bases.

    Capital expenditure - The rules for deducting capital expenditure under the cash basis have also been simplified, and in most cases, the landlord can simply deduct the amount of capital expenditure from income when working out profits. Certain assets do not qualify for this treatment – the list includes land, cars, non-depreciating assets, and capital expenditure on education and training.

    The usual rules for the replacement of domestic appliances apply equally under the cash basis.

    Mileage allowances - Landlords using a car or other vehicle in their property business can claim a fixed deduction based on mileage, as long as capital allowances have not been claimed for the vehicle or, for a vehicle other than a car, the cost has been deducted under the new capital expenditure rules. The usual rate of 45p per mile for cars and vans for the first 10,000 business miles and 25p per mile thereafter, and 24p per mile for motorcycles, is applicable.

    Interest - The normal rules governing deduction of interest apply equally under the cash basis.

  • Buy-to-let landlords – relief for interest

    With rising property costs and low interest rates, many people took out a mortgage to invest in a buy-to-let property. As long as property prices continued to rise and the tenants paid their rent, investors could make money from the rising market while the rent from the tenant paid off the mortgage – all the investor needed was the deposit and to convince the bank to lend them the money.

    Fast forward a few years and the buy-to-let star is not burning quite so bright. Second and subsequent properties now attract a 3% stamp duty supplement – making them more expensive to buy – and relief for mortgage interest and other costs is being seriously reduced.

    Interest relief – the new rules

    Prior to 6 April 2016, the rules were simple. In calculating the profits of his or her property business, the landlord simply deducted the associated mortgage interest and finance costs.

    New rules apply from 6 April 2017, with changes being phased in gradually over a four-year period so as to move from a system under which relief is given fully by deduction to one where relief is given as a basic rate tax reduction. This changes both the rate and mechanism of relief. The changes do not apply to property companies – only unincorporated businesses.

    What does this mean

    Relief by deduction simply means deducting the amount of the interest, as for other expenses, in working out the profit or loss of the property business.

    Where relief is given as a basic rate tax reduction, instead of deducting the interest in calculating profit, 20% of the interest is deducted from the tax calculated by reference to the profit (as determined without taking out interest for which relief is given as a tax reduction).

    2017/18

    For 2017/18, a landlord can deduct in full 75% of his or her finance cost. The remainder is given as a basic rate tax reduction.

    Example

    Freddie has a number of buy to let properties. In 2017/18, his rental income is £21,000, he pays mortgage interest of £5,000 and has other expenses of £3,000. He is a higher rate taxpayer.

    Tax on his rental income is calculated as follows:

    Rental income                     £21,000

    Less:  interest (75% of £5,000)   (£3,750)

              other expenses          (£3,000)

    Taxable profit                    £14,250

    Tax @ 40%                          £5,700

    Less: basic rate tax reduction

    (20% (£5,000 x 25%))                (£250)

    Tax payable                        £5,450

    This compares to a tax bill of £5,200, which would have been payable had relief for the interest been given in full by deduction.

    Looking ahead

    The pendulum swings gradually from relief by deduction to relief as a basic rate tax reduction. In 2018/19, relief for half of the interest and finance costs is by deduction and relief for the other half is as a basic rate tax deduction. In 2019/20, only 25% of the interest and finance costs are deductible, relief for the remaining 75% being given as a basic rate tax reduction. From 2020/21 onwards, relief is only available as a basic rate tax reduction.

  • Use of home as office

    Use of home as office is a catch-all phrase to describe the costs that a self-employed businessperson has in running at least part of their business operations from home. It need not be an office as people may use a spare bedroom to hold stock for assembly and postage, or similar.

    Many will have used the figures that HMRC has long published for employees’ ’homeworking expenses’ - initially £2 a week, then £3 a week, changing to £4 a week from 2012/13.

    From 2013/14 onwards HMRC has adopted the following rates:

    Hours of business use per month 25-50 flat rate per month £10

    Hours of business use per month 51-100 flat rate per month £18

    Hours of business use per month 101+ flat rate per month £26

    So in HMRC’s eyes, I am entitled to a deduction of £120 a year for the use of home office space (or similar), but basically only so long as I spend at least 25 hours a month working from home. Working more than 25 hours a week - broadly full time - from home gets me the princely sum of £312 per year.

    Working from home may be cheap, but it’s not that cheap.

    The following guidance assumes that the claimant is not using the cash basis of assessment for tax purposes, as the rules work differently.

    'Wholly and exclusively’ - Business expenses are allowed if incurred 'wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade'. This is a cardinal rule; however, there is a further point:

    'Where an expense is incurred for more than one purpose, this section does not prohibit a deduction for any identifiable part or identifiable proportion of the expense which is incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade’ (ITTOIA 2005, s 34).

    Applying these principles, I do not have to use a room in my house exclusively for my self-employment, just so long as when I am using it for business purposes, that is all it is being used for.

    The costs you are allowed to claim - It is worth bearing in mind that HMRC does have guidance on how to make a more comprehensive claim for using one’s home in the business, in its Business Income manual however you may find it strange that almost all of the examples result in a claim of around £200 a year or less!

    HMRC’s guidance nevertheless includes the following potentially allowable costs:

    • mortgage interest (or rent paid to a landlord)
    • council tax
    • insurance
    • repairs
    • cleaning
    • heat, light, and power
    • water
    • telephone and broadband (unless already/separately claimed as a business expense)

    If you incur appreciable costs on the above then just £120 a year as a standard use of home deduction, or even £312 a year, is likely to make you feel more than a little aggrieved.

  • Paying expenses – what can you ignore for tax purposes?

    Employees often incur expenses when doing their job. For example, an employee may be required to attend a meeting with a client or supplier and may incur travel expenses and possibly subsistence expenses in doing so. The employee will often incur the expense in the first instance and reclaim the amount from their employer, in accordance with the employer’s expenses policy.

    Where an employer meets or reimburses expenses incurred by an employee, what are the tax implications and what, if anything, needs to be reported to HMRC?

    Exemption not dispensation

    It is no longer necessary to consider whether a dispensation is in force – an exemption for qualifying paid and reimbursed expenses replaced the dispensation regime from 6 April 2016 onwards. This makes life easier – if the item would be deductible if the employee incurred the expense him or herself, the exemption applies and the payment or reimbursement of the expenses can simply be ignored for tax purposes – there is no need to tell HMRC about it and no tax to pay.

    The general rule governing whether an expense is deductible applies and to qualify the employee must be obliged to incur the expense and it must be incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of their duties. Separate tests apply for travel expenses – with deductions for travel in the performance of the duties and necessary attendance, subject to the exclusion for home to work travel (`ordinary commuting’) and more generous rules for short-term postings of less than 24 months. Specific deductions are allowed for fees and subscriptions (paid to qualifying bodies on HMRC’s List 3), and also for employee liabilities and indemnities and associated insurance.

    In practice, this means that if an employee is required to travel to meet with a customer in another part of the country and in doing so incurs bus, train and taxi fees, which he or she reclaims from the employer, the employer and employee can ignore the reimbursement for tax purposes and do not need to tell HMRC.

    Scale rates

    To simplify matters, the employer may pay scale rate expenses rather than reimburse the actual costs incurred by the employee. As long as the employer pays expenses at the statutory rate, there is no tax to pay and the expenses do not need to be reported to HMRC. Where an employee is covered by a Working Rule Agreement under which specific rates are set for particular occupations, the rates set out in the agreement can be paid tax-free. The employer can also agree bespoke rates with HMRC, which can be paid tax-free.

    Mileage allowance

    Many employers use their own cars for work and claim a mileage allowance from their employer. As long as the amount paid does not exceed the tax-free amount under the Approved Mileage Allowance Payments Scheme, the mileage payments are tax-free and do not need to be reported to HMRC. The tax-free rates are 45p per mile for the first 10,000 business miles and 25p per mile thereafter for cars and vans, and 24p per mile for motorcycles.

    Beware salary sacrifice

    As with most exemptions, the exemption for paid and reimbursed expenses does not apply where the expenses are met under a salary sacrifice arrangement.

    Mixed payments

    Where the amount paid by the employer covers both deductible and non-deductible expenses, it is necessary to split the payment and report the non-deductible (non-qualifying) element to HMRC.

     

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